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Volkswagen Builds New Golf-based SUV

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Following the success of Volkswagen Tiguan, a sport utility vehicle, the automaker has completed work on another SUV, which will be based on the Golf model and positioned below the Tiguan.

Many people love the Golf, even in Nigeria. Those who have used the sedan Golf give nice testimonies about the fuel-efficient and easy to maintain vehicle. The idea of a Golf-based SUV is indeed good music to them.

The German automaker says the new SUV has been built based on the popular Golf model and it is meant to expand the Golf line-up.

A report on Tuesday by an auto journal, drive.com, says the new crossover SUV was originally previewed by the T-Roc concept car.

But lovers of VW and crossover SUV will have to wait up until next year after the new ride must have be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March 2017, according to senior officials at Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg headquarters in Germany.
No official statement has been made on possible sales of the new Volkswagen SUV, though the new high riding model will slot into the German automaker’s line-up underneath the second-generation Tiguan, says drive.com.

It says, “Earlier reports suggested the new Volkswagen SUV would eschew the T-Roc name for a more conventional nomenclature.

“A copyright application made in 2014 reveals Volkswagen registered alternatives for the new model, including Teracor, but Volkswagen boss Herbert Diess has now confirmed a decision has been made to retain the T-Roc name for the production version.

Unlike the original targa roof touting T-Roc concept revealed back in 2014, the production version of Volkswagen’s latest SUV is planned to receive a fixed roof and five-door hatchback layout, similar to its more conventional Golf siblings.

While adopting typical Volkswagen styling elements, the new SUV will sport a uniquely styled steel body.

In concept car form, the T-Roc measures 4178mm in length, 1831mm in width and 1501mm in height, reports another online auto journal, Autocar.

By comparison, the second-generation Tiguan stretches to 4486mm in length, 1839mm in width and 1632mm in height.

Like the Golf and Tiguan, the T-Roc is based on Volkswagen’s versatile MQB platform. It is expected to come with a wheelbase similar to the Golf at 2640mm, or 41mm shorter than the Tiguan.

Interior

Inside, the production T-Roc is planned to adopt the same dashboard and features as the newly unveiled face-lifted seventh-generation Golf, complete with an optional high definition Active Info Display instrument pack and 9.2 inch infotainment monitor supporting touch, speech and gesture control.

Engine

Among the engines set to power the new Volkswagen is the company’s turbocharged 1.0-litre three-cylinder TSI petrol engine with 84kW as well as the new turbocharged 1.5-litre four-cylinder TSI Evo units unveiled in the face-lifted Golf in 96kW and 110kW guises.

Also planned is a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that will provide the basis for the T-Roc GTi with up to 180kW.

The diesel line-up will include updated versions of Volkswagen’s 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines, which Diess describes as being “cleaner than most from rival manufacturers”.

Alongside front-wheel drive, selected T-Roc models are also planned to offer four-wheel drive, either as an option or as standard.

Gearboxes will include a standard six-speed manual and optional seven-speed dual clutch automatic, or DSG dual shift gearbox as Volkswagen prefers to call it.

Auto car also says, “The T-Roc is one of three new SUVs to be added to the Volkswagen line-up before the end of 2019. The larger Atlas, which is reserved primarily for the US and Chinese markets, made its debut late last month. An even smaller model, previewed by the T-Breeze concept at this year’s Geneva motor show, is planned to go into production by 2019.”

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Starlink Pulls Plug on Ghana, South Africa, and Others

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Starlink, the satellite internet service operated by SpaceX, has announced the cessation of services in countries including Ghana and South Africa.

This decision comes as a significant blow to users who have come to rely on Starlink for their internet connectivity needs.

The decision, set to take effect by the end of April 2024, will disconnect all individuals and businesses in unauthorized locations across Africa, including Ghana, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe.

While subscribers in authorized countries such as Nigeria, Mozambique, Mauritius, and others can continue to use their kits without interruption, those in affected regions face imminent loss of access.

One of the reasons cited by Starlink for the discontinuation is the violation of its terms and conditions.

The company explained that its regional and global roaming plans were intended for temporary use by travelers and those in transit, not for permanent use in unauthorized areas. Users found in breach of these conditions face the termination of their service.

Furthermore, Starlink’s recent email to subscribers outlined stringent measures to enforce compliance.

Subscribers who use the roaming plan for more than two months outside authorized locations must either return home or update their account country to the current one. Failure to do so will result in limited service access.

The decision to discontinue services in certain countries raises questions about the future of internet connectivity in these regions.

Also, concerns have been raised about Starlink’s ability to enforce the new rules effectively. Reports indicate that the company has previously failed to enforce similar conditions for over a year, raising doubts about the efficacy of the current measures.

Starlink’s decision to pull the plug on Ghana, South Africa, and other nations underscores the complexities of providing satellite internet services in diverse regulatory environments.

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Nigeria’s Broadband Penetration Stalls at 42.53% Amid Connectivity Challenges

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Nigeria’s broadband penetration has stalled at 42.53% as of January, according to the latest report.

Subscriptions currently stand at 92.19 million, indicating a significant gap in connectivity, particularly in rural areas.

The Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 aims to increase broadband penetration to 70% by 2025, with the ultimate goal of achieving 96% mobile broadband coverage by 2030.

However, this ambitious target requires substantial investment—approximately $461 million, according to a recent report by the Global System for Mobile Communications Association (GSMA).

While the country’s major telecommunications companies, such as MTN Nigeria and Airtel Africa, have invested heavily in expanding their network infrastructure, much of this development has been concentrated in urban areas. Rural and underserved regions face a significant coverage gap, exacerbating the digital divide.

Despite these challenges, Nigeria has made progress in improving its broadband infrastructure. Since 2012, the mobile broadband coverage gap across Africa has decreased from 56% to 13% in 2022, due to significant investments in network capacity and new technologies.

Nonetheless, millions of Nigerians, particularly those in rural regions, remain without access to essential telecom services.

To address this issue, Nigeria’s government established the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF) in 2006, aimed at bridging the connectivity gap and expanding broadband access to unserved and underserved areas.

The fund provides resources for deploying telecommunications infrastructure in economically unviable regions.

The success of these initiatives, along with increased investments in broadband infrastructure and policies to incentivize internet expansion in remote areas, will be crucial in closing the connectivity gap and improving digital access for all Nigerians.

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iPhone Shipments Drop Amid Resurgence of Android Rivals

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Apple Inc. reported a significant drop in iPhone shipments during the March quarter, reflecting a downturn in sales across China amid the resurgence of competition from Android-powered rivals.

According to market tracker IDC, the tech giant shipped 50.1 million iPhones in the first three months of the year, a 9.6% year-on-year decline that fell short of the average analyst estimate of 51.7 million.

The steep decrease in iPhone sales marks Apple’s most significant quarterly dip since 2022, when Covid-19 lockdowns disrupted supply chains.

This time, the Cupertino-based company faces challenges from resurgent competitors such as Huawei Technologies Co. and Xiaomi Corp.

These firms have rebounded strongly in recent quarters, and their innovative product lines have begun to reclaim market share from Apple in China.

Samsung Electronics Co. regained its position as the top smartphone supplier globally, while Apple ranked second. Xiaomi closed the gap on Apple, shipping 40.8 million units, an impressive 33.8% increase year-on-year.

Transsion Holdings, another key player in the budget smartphone segment, nearly doubled its shipments, showcasing the competitive environment Apple faces.

Nabila Popal, research director at IDC, highlighted the broader shift in the smartphone market, which has recovered from the supply chain disruptions and challenges of recent years.

“While Apple has demonstrated resilience and growth in recent years, maintaining its pace and share in the market may prove challenging as Android manufacturers make strides,” Popal commented.

Apple has a strong brand and loyal customer base, yet its market position may be tested further by the aggressive pricing and innovative products offered by Chinese rivals.

The company’s efforts to sustain its premium pricing strategy may also be challenged as more customers consider switching to Android alternatives.

As the tech industry looks ahead to the rest of the year, Apple’s upcoming earnings report and strategic moves to address this competitive pressure will be closely watched by investors and industry observers alike.

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